UMass To Host The 2014 Outdoor Track and Field Atlantic 10 Championship
On Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 in Amherst, Mass., the women's track and field team will compete in the long awaited 2014 Outdoor Track and Field Atlantic 10 Championship. The conference championship meet has a start time set for 8:45 AM both days. Becky Stoyle will look to claim her fourth straight Atlantic 10 Championship in the triple jump.
Minutewomen Come Out On Top At Pre-Conference Meet
On Saturday in Durham, N.H., the UMass women's track and field team defeated seven teams to win the annual Pre-Conference Meet with 188 points. UMass came out on top of New Hampshire, Vermont, Dartmouth, Central Connecticut, UMass Lowell and Maine. Highlighting the meet was Kelsey Crawford who set a personal best in the shot put and climbed the record book in the process.
Read the full recap of the UNH Pre-Conference Meet here.
On Saturday, April 19 in Worcester, Mass., the UMass women's track and field team finished second overall at the Holy Cross Invitational. The Minutewomen rested many of their top performers but still recorded 182.5 points to outscore Stonehill, Maine and Bryant. Holy Cross won the meet which was also its first home meet of the season. UMass recorded four first place performances in the meet however; the finest performance of the day came from a freshman in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Read the full recap of the Holy Cross Invitational here.
Second Place Finish On Senior Day Highlights Minuteman Invitational
On Saturday April 12 in front of a home crowd for the first time in 2014, the University of Massachusetts women's track and field team placed second out of eleven teams. UMass' field performers excelled on the UMass Track and Field Complex scoring as many as five athletes in one event. Coach LaFreniere's Minutewomen scored 151.6 points on senior day and were just edged out of first place in the final events of the day by Boston College with 157 points.
Read the full recap of the Minuteman Invitational here.
Massachusetts Defeats Northeast Powerhouses At UConn Invitational
On Saturday April 5, in Storrs, Conn., the UMass women's track and field team won the UConn Invitational with 179 points, defeating three of the Northeast's biggest powerhouses. The UConn Invitational was scored with rules endorsed by the NCAA where the top eight score, however, one team cannot score more than two athletes in one event. The University of Massachusetts benefitted from the NCAA's recommendation and came out on top of the University of Connecticut, Boston College and A-10 rival, the University of Rhode Island...
Read the full recap of the UConn Invitational here.
Stoyle And Hilliard Lead The Way In Jacksonville, Fla.
On Friday, March 28 two first place finishes on day one of the University of North Florida Spring Break Invitational highlighted the women's track and field program's efforts. Becky Stoyle continued her dominance in the triple jump and Rachel Hilliard continued to impress in longer distance events....
Read the rest of the recap from the season opener here.
The women's track and field team has become known as a team on the rise in the Atlantic 10 and in New England. Since last year's indoor campaign the Minutewomen have rewritten the UMass record book, improved their conference standings and have finished in the top three teams in two of the last three New England Championships.
In 2013 and 2014 combined the Minutewomen have recorded 14 indoor top five program marks or times and 11 top five performances in outdoor competition.
In the 2013 and 2014 Atlantic 10 Championships UMass has crowned five gold medalists and 10 All-Conference performers.
UMass has fought for eight gold medalists and 12 All-New England performers in the last three New England Championships.
The Minutewomen have also enjoyed success at the last two Indoor ECAC Championships with two bronze medal efforts and qualified two athletes for the Outdoor NCAA Northeast Regional Championship.
Fans will have plenty of opportunity to watch the Minutewomen compete this season with five meets within an hour and 30 minutes of campus.
The Minutewomen will compete at the UMass Track and Field Complex in two meets this season. UMass will host the Minuteman Invitational and the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Senior day is set for the Minuteman Invitational on April 12 at 11:30 AM.
Atlantic 10 Championship weekend is scheduled for May 3 and 4 with start times of 9:00 AM.
2014 Indoor Season Highlights
Becky Stoyle Earned her second ECAC bronze medal in the triple jump.
New England Championship
Becky Stoyle earned her third New England gold medal in the triple jump.
Courtney Kromko claimed her first gold medal by winning the long jump and places third in the triple jump.
Rachel Hilliard medaled for the first time as the third fastest competitor in the mile run.
Becky Stoyle was crowned champion in the triple jump for the third time in her career and finished second in the pentathlon. Awarded the 2014 Indoor Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Field Performer. Also bettered her own Atlantic 10 Championship record and now owns the Mackal Field House facility record.
Courtney Kromko placed second in the long jump and the triple jump for the first two All-Conference performances of her collegiate career.
Records Broken And Top Five All-Time Marks In UMass History
Becky Stoyle: UMass record in the triple jump. (42-0.5) | Second in the pentathlon. (3,526)